Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A Question for you this Wednesday

Today's "Works-for-me" Wednesday at Shannon's site is acutally backwards were instead of getting tips, questions are asked in hopes of many great answers!

So, here goes my question for all of those out there, and yes ya'll I'm being very serious when I ask it. What is the etiquette on gift giving and batteries (if the gift requires them). Do you buy those along with the gift (and send the parents of those you bought the gift for into a mental institution because the gift you got was so loud and obnoxious and the batteries you got NEVER wore out) or do you let the parents decide when (or if) the gift can actually be used by giving them the duty of buying batteries? What do you think?

Be sure and check out Shannon's site for more great questions and answers!

11 comments:

Queen B said...

I've gone both ways. I usually stick them in with a Christmas present. Don't know why I rip off the birthday people. Can't wait to read the responses!! I enjoyed our time together yesterday/today!

Karen in Iowa said...

I always include batteries -- the recipient might not have the right size on hand. I usually get them at the Dollar Store to keep the expense down (which is also a good place to pickup an inexpensive greeting card!)

Queen Mother said...

I try to include them. It is very disappointing to get a gift that needs batteries and not have any. Especially for children! Excellent question.

Clemntine said...

If batteries aren't included (as they are many times these days), I will tape at least the number needed to get started to the toy before I wrap it.

Anonymous said...

I would definently include them if it is a gift for a child, and would probably do the same for an adult gift. I'm sure it is frustrating for a child (or an adult for that matter) to get a gift that needs batteries, but have to wait for a trip to the store before getting to try out the gift!

Queen B said...

Ok. So I am mean and evil and will start sending batteries with all gifts asap. I feel reprimanded. I am so ashamed.

Veggiemomof2 said...

Considering my kids had 5 sets of grandparents, I have had my share of annoying toys. Therefore, I DO NOT give loud obnoxious gifts. But if I do get something that requires batteries that are not included, I would buy some & tape them to the gift. Or go the extra distance & load them too!

Jennifer said...

Well, first, I don't give anything that I think will be loud and obnoxious. :) But, if I give a gift that needs batteries, I definitely include them. There is *nothing* worse to me than children being excited about a gift and having to make a special trip for batteries before they can use it! (Especially if that means a special trip for way overpriced batteries at Walgreens on Christmas day...blech!)

Jeni Allen said...

I usually add the batteries to the gift. If the gift is for a young child, I'll also take the toy out of the packaging and go ahead and put the batteries in - it takes forever to get all the plastic wrap and twistie ties off toys nowadays. Of course, that means the parents can't return it, but no one would EVER want to return one of my remarkably thoughtful gifts anyway. ;-)

Rocks In My Dryer said...

I'm as cheap as can be. No, I don't include batteries, generally. I just figure most families of kids keep a big battery stash like we do.

JCK said...

I think it is a nice gesture to include the batteries, too. That way the child can jump right into the gift.

Personally, I ban gifts with batteries to the outdoors as the noises tend make me insane. But, maybe that is just me....cranky mommy.

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